Reality star Colton Underwood wants everyone to know that he’s not gay. Seriously, guys. Nothing against gay people. He’s just not one of them.
Underwood, best known for his appearance on The Bachelor, made the declaration while speaking to the Reality Steve podcast this week.
“I’m not gay,” he said.
OK. Now, for the backstory…
Earlier this year, the 28-year-old opened up about the struggles he faced as a teenager and young adult with understanding his sexuality.
“I was a little heavy, and that, combined with being socially awkward, led to a really hard time,” he told People magazine in March. “I didn’t believe in myself. And I was super insecure.”
In high school, his classmates began bullying him by telling him he was gay.
“It was one of those things where you hear something so often, you start believing it,” Underwood says. “I thought, maybe I am gay. … I didn’t know who I was.”
But, as he got older, he came to realize that nope, he’s not gay, his classmates were wrong.
After sharing that story, Underwood says it set off a wave of confusing headlines, internet rumors, and general misinformation.
Speaking to Reality Steve this week, he now says, “But the bottom line is I’m not gay. I have love and support for anybody in the LGBT+ community and support that, and love is love, at the end of the day.”
As for having to continually come out as straight, Underwood explains, “I’m sort of used to it at this point, but I don’t think I’m ever going to give a good enough answer. I’m always going to almost feel like I’m on defense probably for a very long time.”
No need to explain it to us. We get it.
Now, let’s take a gander at his Instagram page, shall we?
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Hope y’all are having a great Friday… I just had my morning coffee and daily reading and it went a little something like this: Glorifying and enjoying God is a higher priority than maintaining a tidy, structured life. Give up your striving to keep everything under control—an impossible task and a waste of precious energy. That’s why listening to God is so vital for your well-being. Let Him prepare you for the day that awaits you and point you in the right direction. He is with you continually, so don’t be intimidated by fear. Though it stalks you, it cannot harm you, as long as you cling to his hand. Keep your eyes on Him, enjoying Peace in His Presence.
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Like so many people my age, and maybe like you, i am a mix of contradictions as i try to figure out where i fit in. I can be tough one day and cry the next. I can get angry, but i can be vulnerable, too. My mood changes daily. I make mistakes. I am not afraid to try new things. I want to be successful. But i find the most meaning when i help other people. There’s something about giving selflessly that makes me my best self. Going on the bachelor brought a lot to me — some good, some bad, and some I’ll never be able to figure out. I went looking for love and found out more about myself than i imagined. Today, I get to add “Author” to the list of words that describe me among many other things. I hope that this book can resonate or help even just one person that is struggle or going through a rough time in their life. Thank you all so much for going on this ride with me. ????